Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan won thousands of fans with her blistering opening statement in the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.
Karlan blasted Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the committee's ranking member, after he suggested she had not read the underlying evidence in the case against President Donald Trump.
"I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing," Karlan said. "I'm insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don't care about those facts."
She then laid out strong evidence that impeachment was ratified by the Constitution's framers to handle exactly the type of official corruption laid out by the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
“Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections, not demand it,” Karlan said. “If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our Republic, President Trump must be held to account.”
Just end the hearing now. Prof Karlan did a mic drop. They should have let her go last. And yield all their time to… https://t.co/uBfpwjNAQn— @tiffanydcross (@@tiffanydcross)1575475321.0
Apropos of nothing in particular...the women -Amb. Yavanovich, Fiona Hill and now, Prof. Pamela Karlan- who have te… https://t.co/qRM7Zy80MX— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1575475247.0
Karlan is a fucking badass. Full stop.— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq.)1575475197.0
Pamela Karlan is going break a chair over the first congressman who’s snide to her.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1575474932.0
Pamela Karlan is further confirming the idea that it's going to be the women who save this country.— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1575475190.0
I don’t think I would like to hand in an inadequate assignment to Prof. Karlan.— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1575474907.0
Wow, Professor Karlan is great. Collins looks like he’s about to interrupt her and she just steamrolls him.— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1575474880.0
💥 Prof. Karlan: “Based on the evidentiary record...before you is something that I do not think we have ever seen be… https://t.co/KlmjDhugFE— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang)1575475474.0
Damn, Pamela Karlan just shivved Doug Collins in an extemporaneous riff in her opening statement.— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner)1575474892.0
Professor Karlan tells @RepDougCollins that she is insulted that he asserted that she may not have read witness dep… https://t.co/P9h5rkseEa— Sam Vinograd (@Sam Vinograd)1575474873.0